ERIC Number: ED457408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Report on Career Pathways: A Success Story in Berrien County, Michigan.
Rudy, Dennis W.; Rudy, Ellen L.
Independent evaluators examined the progress of the Berrien County Intermediate School District in Berrien County, Michigan, in implementing Michigan's Career Preparation System. The evaluation established that the district has provided the leadership, training, resources, and continued support to implement a systemwide school-to-career reform effort throughout the district. The district has effectively engaged school leaders, teachers, business and industry, community colleges and universities, and economic organizations in developing educational experiences and partnerships to provide all students with the academic course work, technical training, work behavior, knowledge, and skills for success in their chosen career. The district was offering programs in six career pathways reflecting all major occupational clusters. The evaluation revealed strong evidence of the following outcomes of implementations of the Career Preparation System: (1) career pathways support enriched curricula and high academic standards; (2) career pathways increase student performance and academic achievement; and (3) career pathways students are better prepared to define career goals and make plans for their future. The evaluators praised the district for collecting "customer satisfaction" data from seniors who had participated in the career pathways model but recommended that program evaluation efforts be expanded to include longitudinal studies of students' employment outcomes and postsecondary education enrollment. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Articulation (Education), Career Development, Career Education, Career Planning, Case Studies, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Integrated Curriculum, Models, Occupational Clusters, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Districts, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Student Surveys, Systems Approach
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan